Had To Get This Off My Shoulder

Discussion in 'The Cheap Seats' started by jmillhimes, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. jmillhimes

    jmillhimes Walk On

    Joined:
    May 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065
    Had To Get This Off My Shoulder

    Well, its Saturday and I feel lucky. Lucky I have a job. Yesterday, we left go of 30 people in my building. 15 of them were temps while others had been there for 2 or less years. It was a sad day. I shook hands with alot of people yesterday in a matter I would rather not. That final handshake. Everyone from Machinest to our sales department to our I.T. department was involved. We lost our overtime until further notice....Guess Im lucky to just have a job. I had a tear in my eye yesterday for the first time since my daughters birth. I shook hands and hugged a man who worked with us for 8 months as an inspector. He was a temp who was hoping to get hired on. He has 2 kids and a wife at home.

    One of my so called co-workers made the comment of " Well, being a temp is not a real job! He should have gone for a real job along time ago".

    I came back with " We are all just temps in this economny". " Your day will come as well"!

    I am thankful to have my job as many americans do not have anything now. I complained to my wife about the overtime but I think I should really be happy I have a job.

    Good Luck to all you job seekers out there.....
     
  2. Razcalking1978

    Razcalking1978 OFFL TeamBuilder Commish

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,830
    Damn man, that's rough. Sometimes it's too easy to see it on the news and write it off in your head as just another news story.
     
  3. Shaun Mason

    Shaun Mason Somebody you used to know.

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Messages:
    24,887
    Featured Threads:
    5
    It is a terrible thing man. I worked for what may be the largest company in the world (Siemens AG) before I started at my present job. I worked at the most profitable plant in it's division.

    One morning I came to work and there was security. We were all escorted to the shop floor where we were told the plant was being moved to Mexico...almost 1000 employees at 2 plants in the area were displaced.

    I was lucky I am in an in-demand line of work and found a new job in two weeks, but many of the assembly workers lost a $20/hr job in an area with no industry.
     
  4. Bondzai

    Bondzai Your Mom's Best Friend

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2009
    Messages:
    10,802
    I know the feeling. While having extra time to play NCAA is great, looking for a job in this economy sucks.
     
  5. RynoAid

    RynoAid ..

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Messages:
    9,192
    yup, wife got laid off last november... she was a CPA for a real estate hedge fund for CB Richard Ellis.

    She had nothing to do with any decisions made for the funds, just did the books... and when the economy crashed, so did alot of their portfolio and they just let 30% of their workforce go... i mean executives making 6 figures and all..

    we struggled for 7 months without her income... we had purchased a house the year before that basically doubled our mortgage... we are a two income dependent family based on the commitments we have made. We exhausted all our savings and hung on and she got real lucky to land a Asst. VP of Accounting job working under her friend who found her on facebook.

    We were about 2 months from not having the money to pay the mortgage... but we made it... were still recovering but we will be ok.
     
  6. totalwreckage

    totalwreckage TMFL Coach/GM NY Jets

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2009
    Messages:
    585
    yeah man the power of being able to lean on friends through tough times is important. I don't really like my job but I am glad I have one and would miss it if it wasn't there
     
  7. MorsDraconis

    MorsDraconis Walk On

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,639
    This hits really close to home for me. I was just informed last week that that week and this coming are probably my last two weeks at my current job.

    But, I knew it had been coming for a long while. A little over a year ago, we downsized by pretty much half and the business we're in (local dialup ISP) is quickly dwindling as Verizon and Suddenlink continue to spread their borders in WV. So, I knew it was coming, but it still really sucks to lose your job. This last week has been a struggle to even come to work, much less feel like actually working...

    The process of finding work is always a pain in the ass, but right now, it's worse than ever before (in my short 7 years of looking for a full time job that is).
     
  8. jmillhimes

    jmillhimes Walk On

    Joined:
    May 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,065

    This is becoming a story in everyone's lives these days. See, our smaller plant in South Texas did everythign we are doing a year ago...Thats when they had 129 employees. Now, they have 27! Its very scary. Everyday I go to work not knowing If I will have a job tommorow or not. I want to leave this company before it gets out of hand but where do you go? Where do you look?
     
  9. Hellisan

    Hellisan Schemin 'em up

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2009
    Messages:
    10,590
    The job market is the 500 lb. gorilla in the room that I'm afraid to even look at. As of now, I still have my job, my wife has hers, etc. Like a lot of people, I'm literally making half of what I made three years ago (mine is not a salaried position, I get paid based on fees) but I'm almost afraid to even discuss it. I mean technically I'm self employed, but obviously, if work completely dried up, I'd be out of a job like anybody else. Sorry to hear all these stories, I wish everybody the best, hang in there :(
     
  10. Drifterbub

    Drifterbub Help me hide a body?

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2009
    Messages:
    17,173
    Featured Threads:
    1
    I'm fortunate to still have mine being just a few months removed from college. I'm lucky I got on with a company that has ample cash flow and a very smart strategy to deal with these tough times. I wasn't there three weeks before we laid off some of our sales guys. They say they were 'performance' cuts, but had the economy been doing better, they likely wouldn't have had to make them.

    My regional supervisor pulled me into his office after we let those guys go. Told me not to worry and second guess myself about making the wrong decision coming out of college. He reiterated how important and rare young talent was and that I had nothing to worry about. Made me feel a bit better about it. The market is starting pick back up for us, so hopefully it's a sign of better times to come.
     

Share This Page